Romans 1:16b: to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
As I promised from the last post on Romans, I was going to clear up that stuff about Jews and Greeks. It really isn’t life-changing; it’s just that God sovereignly elected the Jews as the first to recieve the gospel. It doesn’t mean that if you’re a Jew, you can go on bragging about how much better you are than everyone else, because after all, Christ opened the Jews’ eyes to see the Gospel, as well as the Greeks (implies the rest of the solar system…) – it’s just for whatever reason in God’s big picture plan, he chose the Jews to be first.
But then again, “the first shall be last and the last shall be first”…
Okay, let’s get to Romans 1:17.
Romans 1:17: For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Let’s just decode this.
For in it? In what? The Gospel (check out Romans 1:16).
For through the Gospel, the righteousness of God…
For through the Gospel, God’s perfection is revealed from faith for faith…
Whoa. From faith? For faith?
One interpretation is that it is all faith, not works. From faith for faith. Just faith. Nothing more.
For through the Gospel, God’s perfection is revealed through faith and only faith.
Then Paul quotes the phrase, “The righteous shall live by faith,” also found in Galations and Hebrews.
For through the Gospel, God’s righteousness is revealed through faith. Eternal life comes through faith in Christ, and even that is a gift, not our own work.
So to sum it up, all is God’s grace for us.
All we brought to the table was our sin.
But God gave us life.